Master of Arts in Teaching

You’re ready to change careers. We’ll prepare you to change lives.

Our school district partners are facing an educator shortage. We’ll give you the in-demand skillset they’re looking for. Our job-ready, Master of Arts in Teaching program bundles a master’s degree that prepares you to become a general or special education teacher (grades 1-8) with the required teaching license. You’ll be equipped to immediately transition to a rewarding career in your own classroom. Ready to start loving what you do and making a real difference? Then you’re ready to teach.


Connect with our admission team to see if you're prepared with the required prerequisites and find out how Carroll's flexible MAT course sequencing can work for you.

You have a goal. Our convenient, accelerated program will get you there.

  • Fast track to a new career in just 17 months
  • Added value includes master’s degree and dual licensure
  • Locked-in, per semester tuition rates
  • Tuition includes ALL books and reference materials for the entire program
  • Only one weekend a month required in class
  • Flexible combination of in-class and online learning
  • Cohort model builds a supportive, close-knit learning community
  • Potential to get paid for valuable, real world student teaching experience 

Turn your current bachelor’s degree into something more.

If you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree, regardless of academic area, you’ve already got the necessary foundation to get started in our MAT program. Whether you’re looking to change professions, are a recent graduate whose professional ambitions have shifted or a teaching assistant looking to become a fully-licensed educator, our program is an efficient pathway to a rewarding career.

Tuition and Value

Carroll University is committed to providing quality, competitively priced programs. We offer incentives to help you complete your Master of Arts in Teaching degree economically—with additional tuition awards available for current employees in school settings. Upon confirming program enrollment, the tuition cost for candidates will be locked in at the semester rate of the first semester of enrollment, with equal, per-semester costs. That means once you’re enrolled, you won’t experience the annual tuition increase typical at most institutions—and you’ll know exactly what to expect and budget for as you complete your degree.

2019-20 Master of Arts in Teaching Tuition

Carroll University's cost per credit is one of the most competitive in our area.

$500 credit | 36 credits | $4,500 semester | $18,000 total program cost

This program cost includes all books and reference materials for the entire program. Your books will be available in class on your first dayno worries or hassles!

Candidates currently employed in a school setting are eligible for a tuition award equal to 10% of the first semester’s tuition.

The program is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters. To maintain the locked-in tuition, a student may delay registration for a maximum of one year.

About the Program

In Carroll University’s MAT program, you’ll study the role of education and schooling in society, learn about developmental psychology and gain the tools needed to be an effective and culturally relevant teacher who is capable of teaching multiple subjects. As a dually-certified candidate, you’ll gain a broader awareness and understanding of school structures, processes and community organizations that support students with disabilities. You’ll learn innovative, inclusive and equitable approaches, including effective practices that align with research-based models to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all learners.

Carroll has a rich tradition of teaching excellence, and the exceptional quality of our teacher education program is recognized by teachers and administrators in area schools. MAT program candidates develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to create learner-centered, inclusive environments. Small class sizes and a variety of classroom observational and student teaching experiences prepare teachers in their chosen licensure area.

Our program recognizes that educators occupy a central and critical role in our many diverse, vibrant communities. At Carroll, you’ll benefit from a truly deep and experiential approach to this ever-changing field. We have the resources and partnerships to get your career off to a running start and the commitment to keep it moving forward.

A program that fits your schedule

With our accelerated cohort model, you’ll obtain dual licensure in just 17 months. You’ll meet just one weekend a month, allowing you to continue in your current career until your final semester. That’s when you’ll have the opportunity to student teach, gaining valuable real-world experience as you prepare to meet DPI licensing requirements.

An investment with impact

We designed the MAT program to directly address the immediate needs of our school district partners. That means you’ll graduate with critical skills and qualifications in areas recognized as high demand. You’ll graduate prepared to teach grades 1–8, and also to help our district partners fill needed positions in the area of special education.

Program Curriculum

The 36 credit Master of Arts in Teaching program is a 17-month hybrid, weekend model. Cohorts meet face-to-face five weekends per semester (Fridays from 5–9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.), students complete online coursework weekly, and complete a 30-hour practicum during semesters 1–3. In the fourth and final semester, candidates student teach for one full 17-week semester in addition to five weekend face-to-face meetings and online coursework. All in person classes are held on the Carroll University campus.

Fall 2019 Orientation

Thursday, August 22, 2019
5:30-8 p.m.
Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies, Room LL114

2019-20 Meeting Dates

Friday: 5–9 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Admission Requirements

Please submit application materials and credentials for admission to the Office of Admission at Official documents must be mailed to:

Carroll University
Office of Admission
100 N. East Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186

Admission decisions will be based on submission and evaluation of:

  1. Graduate Studies Application
  2. Official transcripts from each institution attended (can be submitted electronically or via mail, but must come directly from the institution)
  3. Professional résumé
  4. Writing sample
    • In 1,000 words or less, please explain your views on the role of education in society and your reasons for wanting to enter the teaching profession. Indicate how your strengths, skills and experiences demonstrate an ability to be successful in the accelerated MAT program.
  5. Two letters of recommendation which include the following: 
    • In what context and for how long have you known the applicant?
    • Why would you recommend this applicant for the Masters of Arts in Teaching program?
    • Other areas authors may choose to address: 
      • Characteristics, work habits and dispositions    
      • Strengths and interests
      • Communication abilities
      • Experiences related to future goals
      • Anything else we should consider about the candidate in our admission decision 

Students must maintain eligibility throughout the program, successfully completing all requirements. Students who do not maintain continuous registration in the MAT program or are refused admission must reapply for admission and will be subject to the requirements in existence at the time of the new application. Reapplication is necessary if students fail to register for two consecutive academic semesters. The Education Department reserves the right to counsel students out of the program when appropriate. Many decisions of the Education faculty are governed by state statutes and are not reversible by this institution.

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